The quest for an intellectual challenge after moving to Singapore led veterinarian Anna Kokosinska to further study.
Wanting to explore her new home base and the surrounds of Asia rather than having to work weekends and being on call Anna sought to spend her time more wisely with distance learning, leading her to Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM).
“Furthering my veterinary career while still having the flexibility to travel and spend evenings with my husband and two rescue dogs, I chose to start the MVM programme,” she says.
At a crossroads in her career, Anna was also deciding if she wanted to pursue further training as an Anatomic Pathologist or continue as a veterinarian in local practice.
“I felt the MVM training would give me the edge required for selection into the highly competitive residency training, and I was right!
The MVM programme not only got me noticed and selected into an Anatomic Pathology residency, but also opened the door to some of the best connections not only at Massey, but also globally with the Pathology world,” she says.
Completing the course from Singapore, Anna valued the flexibility of the distance learning with Massey.
“It allowed me to manage my own work hours in and around other commitments. The programme is extremely flexible and the online resources such as recorded lectures were very useful, so there were very few schedule commitments. There’s a wide range of units on offer with flexibility in timeline and required contact hours. I really felt like I was able to choose units that suited my intended specialisation and areas of interest,” she says.
Another stand-out for Anna were Massey’s educators, particularly for her Cardio respiratory and Endocrinology units.
“Both are world experts in their fields and make these subjects far easier to tackle. By the end of these courses, I could confidently interpret an ECG and an echo, and those complicated Addison’s and Cushing’s cases no longer scared me!”
Anna feels the MVM has made a significant impact on her veterinary career and says, “Electing to complete the research component of the Masters was instrumental in broadening my professional network, not only throughout New Zealand but also globally given Massey’s breadth of contacts and partnerships.”
Through introductions and recommendations from the Massey University faculty, Anna is about to commence the final year of her Anatomic Pathology residency at the University of Georgia.
“I feel without the contacts that I made during the MVM course, this would not have been possible,” she says.
Find out more about Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine at http://www.massey.ac.nz/mvm